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Peabody's Corporate Socialist Agenda

Recently a designer socialism seems to have taken root among corporations in this country. It is, for the lack of a better word, corporate socialism; its espoused philosophy appears to be any profit is mine but my debt is yours. Pure socialism...

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USW Paper Workers, Private Equity Firm Work to Keep Mills Open

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Bucking a trend that has seen private equity firms buy business to bleed then shut down, United Steelworkers (USW) members at three Wisconsin paper mills and KPS Capital Partners have reached a new four-year collective bargaining agreement that workers ratified today.

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Colorado Set to Expand Voting Rights

In a major victory for the voters of Colorado, the state's legislature passed a bill that would greatly expand voting rights. The Senate has to pass a minor amendment before the legislation goes to Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) for signature. The new law would implement same-day registration, automatically send mail-in ballots to every voter and create a statewide voter database to prevent fraud that would be updated in real-time.

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Pomona College Dining Hall Workers Serve Up a Victory

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More than 80 dining hall workers at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., voted on Tuesday to join UNITE HERE Local 11.

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Mine Workers Square Off with Peabody Energy’s CEO

Mine Workers Square Off with Peabody Energy’s CEO

It was a great showdown Monday, April 29, under very tight security in Gillette, Wyo., with the Mine Workers (UMWA) members and Peabody Energy CEO Gregory Boyce. Five armed Campbell County police officers guarded entrances to the meeting. All UMWA proxy holders were admitted to the meeting room at Gillette College, while six environmental protesters were forced to sit in an "overflow" room, watching on closed-circuit TV.

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'Better Than Ever': Union Workers Hoist Spire Atop the World Trade Center

Union Workers Hoist Spire Atop the World Trade Center

Union workers, some of whom are also veterans, are rebuilding the World Trade Center. 

This week, they lifted the last piece of spire to a height of 1,776 feet. At 22 tons, the spire will house state-of-the-art lighting and a beacon, which will be visible for miles.

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Jobless Rate Dips to 7.5%, as Economy Adds 165,000 New Jobs

Jobless Rate Dips to 7.5%, as Economy Adds 165,000 New Jobs

The nation’s economy added 165,000 new jobs in April while the jobless rate dropped to 7.5% from March's 7.6%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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